Mechanicsville trucker wins $91 million playing Mega Millions while working
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — Truck drivers can make a nice paycheck, but it would take a many lifetimes worth of runs to equal the payday Mechanicsville trucker Steven Peloquin earned on a recent run through Pennsylvania. While on a stop at Penn 80/Flying J Travel Plaza in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania earlier this month Peloquin bought a Mega Millions ticket. His numbers matched all the winning numbers in the July 21 drawing. After taxes, Paloquin took home $91.8 million.
Paloquin did not instantly know he was a millionaire. It took him a few days after the drawing to check his ticket.
“I was getting ready to turn in last Saturday night when I went online to check my numbers,” Peloquin told lottery officials. “Needless to say, I didn’t get to sleep that night.”
Peloquin, a truck driver for 30 years, said his new found fortune would allow him to retire early and spend more time with his wife and family.
Steven Peloquin, a truck driver for 30 years, said his new found fortune would allow him to retire early and spend more time with his wife and family.
Man claims $91.8M Mega Millions ticket sold in PA; Says he didn’t check ticket for days
PITTSBURGH — A professional truck driver for nearly 30 years will be retiring early thanks to a lottery ticket he purchased at a Pennsylvania travel plaza.
On Wednesday, Steven Peloquin claimed a $91.8 million Mega Millions jackpot from the July 21 drawing.
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It is the second jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket sold by the Pennsylvania Lottery and the fourth-largest prize awarded in the Lottery’s history.
Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko presented a ceremonial check for $91,781,644.00 to Peloquin, of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
The winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 20-30-62-65-74, plus the Megaball, 01. The ticket had an annuity value of $153 million or a cash value of $91.8 million, less 25 percent federal withholding.
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Peloquin purchased the ticket at Penn 80/Flying J Travel Plaza, 1460 N. Ridge Road, Milton, Northumberland County, while traveling through Pennsylvania for work.
The plaza, a Lottery retailer since September 2010, earns a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Peloquin said he didn’t check his ticket for several days.
“I was getting ready to turn in last Saturday night when I went online to check my numbers,” Peloquin said. “Needless to say, I didn’t get to sleep that night.”
He then took a photo of the ticket and shared it with several close relatives, who confirmed that his ticket matched the winning numbers.
Peloquin said the jackpot win will enable him and his wife to retire early and spend more time with their family.
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Peloquin presented the Mega Millions ticket for validation at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. Lottery officials confirmed it was the jackpot-winning ticket after examining the ticket and executing proprietary security measures.
The odds of hitting the Mega Millions jackpot are 1-in-258,890,850. The odds of winning any Mega Millions prize are 1-in-14.71.
The Pennsylvania Lottery joined the Mega Millions multi-state game in early 2010 and has awarded two jackpots for the game. The first was a $149 million annuity value jackpot sold for the May 20, 2014, drawing. It was claimed several months later by a couple from the Pittsburgh area who took the $86.8 million cash prize.
The Pennsylvania Lottery has sold 17 jackpot-winning Powerball tickets since joining that multi-state game in 2002.
A professional truck driver for nearly 30 years will be retiring early thanks to a lottery ticket he purchased at a Pennsylvania travel plaza.